So I'm trying to build a new computer for the first time, since my current computer is around 6-7 years old and can't run anything new anymore. I'm one of those poor college students, but I'm trying to find a computer that can probably last at least 5 years, and is probably easily upgradable. My old one runs on AGP still. Right now the one I have planned is around $930 with shipping and tax. Should I bother getting a Q6600? Or just stick with a duo core? I can probably keep it around $800, but its preferable in the 700 range. Thanks for any help in advance.
LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model iHAS120-04 $23.99
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $59.95
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $64.99
SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card $149.99
CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $68.99
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-4GBPI-B $49.99
You could save yourself about $70 if you changed to this case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It comes with about the same size power supply. I have this case and it's been perfect! Unless you are playing hardcore games, you should go with a dual core, E8500 is about the same price and will outperform the q6600 for most everything. Tom's has benchmarks comparing them, I'd probably even take the E8400 over the quad. That's a good choice for a board.
I would strongly recommend against the seagate. WD is by far the best quality for HD. For about $10 more, you can get this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Those would be my recommendations.....hope it helps
You have ha nice build there, not sure if you want to oc your pc but if not and you could spend another 50 i would recommend a Q9300.
stick with the case and psu you have picked out those cheap cases and psu are really not good quality.
as for the hard drive overal WD is one of the better hd's for sure, but you can't go wrong with a seagate. but if i had to recommend on it would be the WD 640GB Black.
haven't heard anything about a hd with 1 500gb platter as turboflame said, you would have to look into that but if that is so i would also recommend it over the hd you have picked out (less platters is better).